DES MOINES, Iowa — The Arizona Wildcats arrived in Iowa on Friday without star tight end Rob Gronkowski, who remained in Tucson to deal with the lower back strain that has kept him from playing this season.
On Wednesday, coach Mike Stoops said the junior would not play against Iowa today but would make the trip. Stoops could make an announcement on Gronkowski's injury — and future — as soon as today. A handful of UA fan Web sites report Gronkowski, who has taken part in just a few practices since injuring his back over the summer, will redshirt.
Stoops declined comment through spokesman Tom Duddleston when reached before Friday night's team dinner. Stoops is expected to make an announcement following today's game or at Monday's weekly news conference on campus.
Gronkowski was an all-conference tight end as a sophomore, and heading into 2009 was a favorite to win the John Mackey Award, given annually to the nation's top tight end.